Dr Xinfang Wang PhD

Dr Xinfang Wang

School of Chemical Engineering
Lecturer in Cold Economy

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University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Xinfang Wang is Lecturer in Cold Economy at the School of Chemical Engineering's Centre for Sustainable Cooling, and the Birmingham Energy Institute. She also sits on UKERC Research Committee and advises on the research strategy and priorities.

Xinfang has published in top scientific journals in the fields of energy and cooling. She has a strong background in whole systems research, energy policy, economics and social practices on energy resilience, sustainable cooling and cold chains. Her research covers both developed and developing countries including Rwanda, Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Nepal and China.

Xinfang has been a co-I/PI on a list of projects with a total value of over £20 million that are funded by EU H2020, EPSRC, GCRF, Newton Fund, Defra, BEIS, World Bank, and UKERC etc.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Sustainable Consumption 2017
  • MSc (Distinction) in Finance and Economics 2011
  • BSc (First Class equivalent) in Economics 2010
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) affiliate since 2010

Biography

UNSW SPREE 201906-05 Xinfang Wang - Energy resilience in developed and developing countries

Xinfang has a background in energy, economics, policy and whole systems research. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Understanding the drivers behind high energy consumption within UK households: an interdisciplinary approach’ at the Tyndall Centre and Sustainable Consumption Institute in the University of Manchester before joining the University of Birmingham.

Xinfang has been leading projects as co-I/PI, such as:

  • Co-I for European Food Chain Supply to Reduce GHG Emissions by 2050 (ENOUGH) [EU H2020; 2021-2025]
  • Co-I for Zero Emission Cold-Chain (ZECC) - Building the Road to Sustainable Cold-Chain Systems for Food Resilience [EPSRC; 2021-2025]
  • Co-I for Community Cooling Hub (CCH) in Kenya [BEIS/ICF; 2021-2022]
  • Co-I for Clean and Energy Efficient Cooling for Livestock Supply Chains in Bangladesh [World Bank Group; 2021]
  • Co-I for African Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) [Defra/UNEP; 2020-2022]
  • Researcher Co-I for Fast-Track Vaccine Cold-Chain Assessment and Design for Mass Scale COVID-19 Vaccination in Bangladesh [UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund; 2020-2022]
  • Co-I for Sustainable Food Cold-Chains [UKERC; 2020-2022]
  • PI for Applying a Whole-Systems Approach to Explore Energy Resilience - Comparing Urban and Rural Areas in Nepal [Institute for Global Innovation; 2018-2021]
  • Co-I for Predicting the Uptake of Air Conditioning in UK Households to 2050 [UKERC; 2019]
  • PI for engagement funding with five Universities in Australia [Birmingham International Engagement Fund; 2019]
  • Co-I for Zero Carbon Housing in the UK [Higher Education Innovation Funding; 2017]
  • Co-I for Energy Poverty in the UK [Higher Education Innovation Funding; 2016]
  • Co-I for Tyndall PhD conference fund [Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, 2013-2014]

In addition, Xinfang has also worked on a list of other projects on energy and cooling including:

  • Rapid Assessment of Vaccine Cold-chain – India [Shakti Foundation fund]
  • Rapid Assessment Methodology for Vaccine Cold-chain (VCC) for Mass Immunisation – Rwanda [Hariot-Watt University fund]
  • EnergyRev [UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund]
  • Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems (RESTLESS) [EPSRC fund]
  • Generation Integrated Energy Storage (GIES) [EPSRC fund]
  • Energy Storage Prioritisation in Mexico [Newton Fund]
  • Assessing the innovation process for energy storage [EPSRC SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub fund]
  • Developing Cryogenic Energy Storage at Refrigerated Warehouses as an Interactive Hub to Integrate Renewable Energy in Industrial Food Refrigeration and to Enhance PowerGrid Sustainability (CryoHub) [Horizon 2020 fund]
  • Long-term institutional change in the wake of crisis: Understanding implications for energy-system resilience in Nepal [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]
  • Resilient Cities [University of Birmingham Institute for Global Innovation fund]

Xinfang has experience working with policymakers, charities, business and industrial leaders, as well as academics internationally. Xinfang has led World Bank Group consultancy project from the University of Birmingham, co-ordinated by the International Institute of Refrigeration. She also works with the United Nations Environment Programme United for Efficiency initiative on clean cooling and cold chains. She was an invited speaker at a round-table discussion with UK Science Minister and was interviewed by BEIS explaining the importance of women working in science and engineering. She has also co-authored on response to UK parliament call for evidence on “Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy”.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

  • LI Sustainable Process Engineering;
  • LM Energy Storage;LM Research Projects;
  • 3Yr Energy Economics;
  • Personal Academic Tutor.

Postgraduate teaching

  • Global Energy Technologies and Systems;
  • Module lead for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain.

Postgraduate supervision

Xinfang supervises PhD, MSc and MEng students.

Xinfang is interested in supervising postgraduate/PhD students in the fields of clean energy and cooling, particularly applying interdisciplinary and whole systems approaches.

Please contact her if interested.

Research

Research interests

Xinfang’s broad-ranging research interests include energy, clean cooling and cold chains across building, agriculture, food, health and transport sectors, especially focusing on whole systems, policy, technology innovation, business model, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Other activities

  • Member of the UKERC Research Committee
  • Member of the School of Chemical Engineering EDI committee

Publications

Wang, X., Day, R., Murrant, D., Marín, A. D., Botello, D. C., González, F. L., Radcliffe, J. (2021). A capabilities-led approach to assessing technological solutions for a rural community. Energies, 14, 1398. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051398.

Wang, X., Larkin, A., Abi Ghanem, D., McLachlan, C. (2021). How the term 'home' influences energy-consuming practices in domestic buildings. Energy Efficiency 14, 1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12053-020-09910-3.

Debhath, K. B., Wang, X. (shared 1st author), Peters, T., Menon, S., Awate, S., Patwardhan, G., Wadkar, N., Patankar, M., and Shendage, P. (2021). Rural cooling needs assessment towards designing Community Cooling Hubs: Case studies from Maharashtra, India. Sustainability, 13(10). https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/10/5595.

Meng, M., Shang, W., Wang, X., Pang, T. (2020). When Will China Fulfill Its Carbon-related Intended Nationally Determined Contributions? An In-depth Environmental Kuznets Curve Analysis. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ghg.2023.

Wang, X., Meng, M. (2019). Understanding high-emitting households in the UK through a cluster analysis. Frontiers in Energy. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11708-019-0647-6.

Meng, M., Wu, S., Zhou, J., Wang, X. (2019). What is currently driving the growth of China’s household electricity consumption? A clustering and decomposition analysis. Sustainability 11, 4648. https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/17/4648.

Meng, M., Fu, Y., Wang, X. (2018). Decoupling, decomposition and forecasting analysis of China's fossil energy consumption from industrial output. Journal of Cleaner Production 177: 752-759. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.278.

Meng, M., Fu, Y., Shi, H., Wang, X. (2017). A small-sample adaptive hybrid model for annual electricity consumption forecasting. Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2017: 1-7. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/mpe/2017/7427131/.

Anderson, K., Larkin, A., McLachlan, C., Traut, M., Wang, X. (2016). Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy. Submitted to UK Energy and Climate Change Committee by Tyndall Centre Manchester, the University of Manchester.

Nordhagen, S., Calverley, D., Foulds, C., O'Keefe, L., Wang, X. (2014) Climate change research and credibility: balancing tensions across professional, personal, and public domains, Climatic Change 125: 149-162. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-014-1167-3.

Wang, X., Reardon, L., To, L. S. (under minor revision). Visualizing energy resilience from a whole-systems perspective: A participatory approach. Energy Research & Social Science.

Wang, X.,Peters, T., Sayin, L., Xu, B., Debnath, K. B. (under review). Energy and cold-chain challenges for COVID-19 mass vaccination in the global south. Applied Energy

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